The WILDCARE Tasmanian Coast Conservation Fund has been established in partnership with Pennicott Wilderness Journeys to contribute towards the protection, conservation and management of marine and coastal reserves, marine mammals and seabirds.
The fund supports projects dealing with one or more of the following themes:
- coastal reserve and marine reserve management
- marine mammal and seabird conservation
- community awareness of and participation in coastal and marine conservation
If you would like to support the conservation of Tasmania’s spectacular coastline and the wildlife that lives there, make a tax deductible donation today, either here on line or by post to WILDCARE Inc GPO Box 1751 Hobart 7001 Tasmania Australia. Cheques should be made out to WILDCARE Tasmanian Coast Conservation Fund. All donations of $2 or more are tax deductible.
WILDCARE Inc thanks Pennicott Wilderness Journeys for their partnership in establishing this fund with WILDCARE Inc and for their support of reserve management and wildlife conservation.
You can help us build on their initiative and on-going commitment by donating to the fund.
What has the fund done to date?
Tasman Island pest eradication program success
WILDCARE Inc is pleased to announce that Tasman Island has been declared cat-free, following the success of a program to eradicate the feral pests that have wreaked havoc on the island’s populations of ground-nesting seabirds.
Rangers from the Parks and Wildlife Service and scientific staff from the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment have monitored the island regularly since the establishment in 2009 of the eradication program, funded by the Wildcare Tasmania Coast Conservation Fund which has been strongly supported by ecotourism operator Pennicott Wilderness Journeys.
A final check of the 120-hectare island recently found no sign of feral cats and the island has been declared free from the predators, which were killing an estimated 50,000 birds every year.
Rob Pennicott says that he and his staff are thrilled to have been able to support the Tasman Island initiative through a $65,000 donation to the Wildcare Tasmanian Coast Conservation Fund.
“It’s great to know that we’ve played a part in saving tens of thousands of fairy prions, short-tailed shearwaters and other seabirds that breed on Tasman Island,” Rob says. “These wonderful native birds will now increase in numbers, free from the threat of predatory felines.”
Rob paid tribute to the Parks and Wildlife Service staff who carried out the preliminary research, worked on the field activities and conducted the follow-up monitoring of the program.
“It’s been a true team effort between Parks and Wildlife, Wildcare Inc and the Tasmanian Coast Conservation Fund,” he says. “Everyone involved with Pennicott Wilderness Journeys feels great satisfaction at seeing this program achieve success. And every day, as our boats pass close to the island’s rugged sea crags, it’s great to be able to explain to our guests that they have played a role in the program’s success, because a proportion of every ticket goes to help the work of the Fund.”
“The projects we support through the Wildcare Tasmanian Coast Conservation Fund focus on the special places where we and our staff earn our living, so it’s only fitting that we support the environment in return. And this is just the start – we are excited about the prospect of assisting more significant Tasmanian coastal conservation projects in the future,” Rob Pennicott says.
WILDCARE Inc invites others to follow Rob’s lead and donate (large or small) to the WILDCARE Tasmania Coast Conservation Fund, to support practical and effective management and protection of Tasmania’s coastal and marine environments.
WILDCARE Inc, a not-for-profit community volunteer organization and Deductible Gift Recipient, will call for project submissions that contribute to the protection, conservation and management of coastal reserves, marine mammals and seabirds, that are supported by the Parks and Wildlife Service. The submissions will be assessed by the WILDCARE GIFT FUND Committee, an independent committee appointed by WILDCARE Inc, and funded only if the projects contribute to the objectives of the Tasmanian Coast Conservation Fund. The Wildcare Tasmanian Coast Conservation Fund to date has provided $67,000 to support the eradication of feral cats from Tasman Island – the Tasman Island Restoration Project.
Parks and Wildlife Service Tasmania is the Agency responsible for managing the conservation reserve estate in Tasmania – land amounting to 39% of Tasmania, in excess of 440 reserves including 19 National Parks and the globally significant Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. WILDCARE Inc has a long standing, positive and productive partnership with the Parks and Wildlife Service to protect and manage Tasmania’s reserved land, and conserve Tasmania’s natural and cultural heritage.
Pennicott Wilderness Journeys are leaders in marine eco-tourism and operate along the coastlines of the Tasman Peninsula and Bruny Island. Rob Pennicott and his team encourages other marine tourism operators to contribute to the Tasmanian Coast Conservation Fund to support protection, conservation and management of our coasts and the wildlife that lives there. To date (2010) Rob Pennicott has donated $100,000 to the Wildcare Tasmania Coast Conservation Fund.